Each year, the RPLSG provides $500 and waives the meeting registration fee for the best student abstract submitted and presented at the SRA Annual Meeting, in the area of economics and benefits analysis. Interested students should indicate that they would like to be considered for this award when they submit their abstract for consideration by the Annual Meeting Committee. The winner will be announced by September 1 of each year. Note that this Student Merit Awards is completely independent from the need-based SRA travel awards given to students and international applicants to attend the Annual Meeting. Any Student Merit Award winner may also apply for and receive need-based student and international travel funding.
The award is presented at the RPLSG business meeting during the Annual Meeting.
In 2013, the RPLSG Student Merit Award winner was Xiang Liu (below right) and the title of his paper was “Managing the Risk of Crude Oil Transportation by Rail.”
In 2008, the RPLSG Student Merit Award winner was Christoph M. Rheinberger, from the WSL Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, who presented “ Discrete Choice Experiments: False Friends for Valuing Mortality Risk?”